State grants $ 10 million to Seaside Lagoon at Redondo Beach – Daily Breeze

Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon will receive $ 10 million in state funding to help fund the largest improvement project in the attraction’s 61-year history.

The special allocation in the state budget, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom this week, will go to a larger project that has yet to be devised, Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand said.

At the heart of the vision would be a plan to enclose the lagoon and make it a year-round facility. Water would no longer come directly from the sea or flow into the port. It would include a swimming area and would be easily convertible into an event and concert space.

“This is a historic allocation that will jumpstart our efforts to remake Seaside Lagoon,” Brand said, adding that he expects the full rehabilitation to cost at least an additional $ 10 million. “This will be for public use that serves everyone, of every generation, of every income level, who wants to enjoy the California coast in a safe and clean environment.”

The warm saltwater lagoon opened in 1960, offering a special seaside experience reminiscent of the saltwater plunge that opened in 1908. The lagoon, which opened this season on June 18, has been a popular attraction for generations of families with small children. It has also hosted concerts and other events.

In September, for example, the water from the 15-meter-deep lagoon will be drained to host the second stage of the BeachLife Festival. The lagoon will close a bit early this year – August 22 – because of the festival.

The Seaside Lagoon has finally opened after being closed last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the afternoon, the site was teeming with happy faces enjoying the not-too-hot weather, cool water and the Redondo Beach waterslide on Friday, June 18, 2021. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram / SCNG)

The water used to fill the lagoon and the way the water is discharged into the port put the life of the facility at risk.

The lagoon draws water through seabed intake pipes first used by the AES Redondo power station. When the plant is operating, the water passes through the turbines before entering the swimming area, a symbiotic relationship that results in warm seawater.

The water entering the lagoon is treated with chlorine and the standards are closely monitored. But it is the water leaving the facility that flows into the port, regulated by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, that has repeatedly threatened the lagoon with closure.

“We were concerned he was reaching the end of his life and we had to start with a new solution,” said Redondo Beach City Councilor Todd Loewenstein.

In the coming months, city officials are expected to hold public meetings to receive comments. Once the plan is worked out, the city will contact a builder, Brand said, although the framework and timing are still undecided as the project is still in its infancy.

“It will be up to the public and not a big developer,” Brand said, referring to the scuttled waterfront project that would have opened up the lagoon completely to the port and reduced its size to make room for other developments on the harbor. site. .

State Senator Ben Allen, who, along with Congressman Al Muratsuchi, was instrumental in allocating the money, said the project would help the lagoon continue to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors. every year. Allen chairs the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and sits on the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.

“This rehabilitation project will protect our environment,” said Allen, “will provide improved amenities to the public and upgrade the property to year-round access for all Angelenos and Californians who wish to use its facilities.”

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